Norwich University's Presidential Search Overview
Norwich University, the oldest Senior Military College (SMC) in the country and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), invited inquiries, nominations and applications to become the University’s 24th president.
Four finalists emerged to lead the University and its unique learning environment, which combines the resolve of a military education with a challenging liberal arts and professional education. In November, the finalists spent two days on campus, meeting with time the university community and offering information about their background, qualifications, and experiences. On December 6, the Presidential Search Committee met for the final time to summarize their observations on each candidate. The Board of Trustees met January 21-25, 2020, in San Francisco. On January 25, the board met to assess, discuss, and make the final decision on which candidate would be offered the opportunity to become the next president.
Application and Nomination Process
Academic Search, Inc. aided in the search for Norwich’s 24th president.
To nominate a candidate for its 24th president, Norwich University conducted a nationwide search, guided by Academic Search, Inc. After a call for nominations, a search committee was formed in fall 2018. In March 2019, consultants met with internal and select external constituent groups on campus and to elicit feedback on desired credentials skills and experiences sought in the next president. Confidential online surveys were sent to external constituent groups (alumni, selective donors, friends of the institution) and after a series of meetings, the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees approved an advertising plan and the position was advertised in print and on social media platforms. Also, a link was placed on the norwich.edu website to take nominations. Academic Search established a password-protected website containing all application materials accessible only to the Search Committee members.
In September 2019, Search Committee members submitted to Academic Search a list of “top 10” (number approximate) candidates of interest; candidates were then chosen for neutral site interviews. In October, finalists were chosen for campus visits and interviewed off-site. In November, finalists visited campus for two days, meeting with the community and taking questions in open forums.
In January 2020, Search Committee Finalist Candidate Assessment Report submitted to the Board of Trustees for their review and then finalist candidates were invited to meet with Board of Trustees in San Francisco. Trustees then chose the next president.
Presidential Search Committee
The composition and selection of the Norwich University Presidential Search Committee initiated in October 2018 through a self-nomination process of prospective candidates vetted by Norwich shared governance bodies representing Norwich current students, faculty, staff, trustees and volunteer board members and the greater public at large. Each governing body made final recommendations to the Chair of the Norwich University Board of Trustees charged with structuring the Presidential Search Committee.
The following individuals served on the Presidential Search Committee:
Larry Costa ’80, trustee; Maxine Grad, trustee; Bobbi Haney ’79, trustee; Larry Lang ’77, Trustee; Bill Lasky ’69, trustee; Miles Prentice, trustee, Phil Soucy ’73, trustee, committee chair; Landers Symes ’84, trustee; Tom Leavitt, president/CEO, Northfield Savings Bank, Community representative; Cadet Ethan Hagstrom ’20, Cadet representative; Blaine Hawkins, trustee; Sarah Kazmierczak ’20, civilian student representative; Janet Mara ’05, senior director of administration, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, staff representative; Tony Johnson ’94, chair, College of Liberal Arts Visiting Committee (Board of Fellows), COL. Frank Leija, USA M’06; Lauren Wobby ’84, chief financial officer, Cabinet representative; Bob Young ’00, trustee; Allison Crowson M’06, academic program manager, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies representative, Professor Lea Williams – English, College of Liberal Arts representative, Professor Robert Knapik – physics, College of Science and Mathematics representative; Professor Michael Prairie ’83 – engineering, College of Professional Schools representative
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